Golden night for Lacroix and Caldwell

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AUSTIN, Tex. – Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge, Que., and Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., each won a gold medal on Sunday to highlight a five-medal night for Canadian swimmers at the second stop on the U.S. Grand Prix circuit.

In the women’s 200-metre butterfly, Lacroix finished more than two seconds ahead of her closest pursuer clocking two minutes and 09.18.

Remedy Rule of the U.S. was second in 2:11.24 and Noemie Thomas of Vancouver was third in 2:13.04 for her second medal of the competition.

‘’It’s a great time for this point in the season,’’ said Lacroix, a two-time Olympian. ‘’My stroke technique was really strong tonight. The first part of my race was also very good but I definitely need to work on the last 50 metres. I’m not where I want to be yet.’’

On Friday, Thomas and Lacroix were 1-2 in the 100-m butterfly.

In the women’s 100-m backstroke, Caldwell collected her second gold of the competition finishing in 1:01.57. Megan Romano of the U.S. was second in 1:01.72 and Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., took the bronze in 1:01.83. Fifteen-year-old Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., was fifth in 1:03.39.

Caldwell and Bouchard were 1-2 in Saturday’s 200-m backstroke.

In the women’s 800-m freestyle Savannah King of Vancouver won the bronze medal.  She clocked 8:38.87 just ahead of Chloe Sutton of the U.S.  Katie Ledecky of the U.S. won the gold medal.

Rachel Nicol of Lethbridge, Alta., came within less than a half second of a bronze placing fourth in the women’s 100-m breaststroke. Tera Van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., was fifth.

On the men’s side, Eric Hedlin of Victoria was fourth in the 1500-m freestyle only 0.10 seconds from the podium.  Evan White of Oakville and Alec Page of Victoria were fifth and seventh in the 200-m individual medley.

U.S. Grand Prix information: www.usaswimming.org

Full results: http://www.txlameetresults.com/ 

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